Virgie Binford Education Center

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Principal's Message

  • Principal Ta'Neshia Ford

    Here at Virgie Binford Education Center (VBEC), we are busy exploring and creating pathways to success for our students. Our theme for this school year is #TranscendwithGRACE   (Growing our mindset, Restorative justice, Activism, Career exploration, and Exemplifying excellence). Virgie Binford has the unique task of understanding, recognizing, and educating a large number of students who come with unresolved emotional, mental, and physical trauma that must be dealt with. Our staff uses trauma informed care strategies that work to ensure student engagement; and, that ensure curricula is taught with kindness and understanding. Each day is embraced as a new opportunity to  amplify students’ voices and show them how to grow in GRACE.  

    This school year we welcomed two new members to our team- Ms. Courtney Davis, English  Department Chair and Mr. Frank Chavez, Art Department Chair. Our beloved 2019 teacher of the year, Mr. Rodney Robinson, has moved from his role as Social Studies teacher at VBEC to being the newest member of the recruitment team for our district. Thank you for your service, Mr. Robinson!

    To our parents, students, and affiliates, we are working diligently to ensure that our students are leaving us with new strategies and skills to be successful. We are facing historic challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but together we will transcend with grace!

    Always in Service,

    Principal Ta’Neshia Ford

Division Announcements

  • High School Summer School Bus Stops - The 2021 Summer School session for High School students begins Monday, June 28th. Click here to find a bus stop nearest you.

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  • Armstong and Richmond Community Graduation Changes - Please be aware that the Armstrong High School graduation ceremony has been moved up 1 hour tomorrow (June 22) to 8:00am and the Richmond Community graduation has been moved to Wednesday (June 23) at 1:00pm. Click here for more information.

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  • New Summer Meal Distribution - We are excited to share a variety of free meal pick-up options for our families beginning Monday, June 21st through the summer! Click here to find a site nearest you and to see an interactive map of sites!

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  • Student Device Collection - All RPS technology devices, including Chromebooks, hotspots, tablets, and laptops should be returned to schools with the exception of those attending summer school. Click here to learn more. 

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  • New 2021-22 Bell Schedule - The RPS School Board has approved new daily start/end times for students next year, click here to view the new schedule!

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  • RPS Reopening Dashboard - Click here to download the latest update of the RPS Reopening Dashboard.

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  • Family Support Helpline - Questions about reopening? Call the RPS Family Support Helpline at (804) 780-6195 and learn more about other resources available to families.

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  • Support RPS - There are many ways to support RPS and #ServeWithLove! Please consider volunteering, donating, or partnering with us, and for new and existing partners, don't forget to add your organization to our new searchable partnership database!

     
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School News

"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - June 22, 2021

    Correction* Another fabulous graduation is in the books – congratulations to the Armstrong HS Class of 2021! Many thanks to Principal Bell and his team for running a beautiful ceremony this morning (before the rain :). We'll be closing things out tomorrow with George Wythe, Franklin Military Academy*, Richmond Community, and Thomas Jefferson. See you there! Tonight's Updates: Lit Limo – Can you believe the Lit Limo connected with over 12,000 RPS students this year? Take note of the schedule below the shout-outs so we can keep everyone reading this summer! VUU Youth Entrepreneurship Summit – RPS 11th and 12th graders, Virginia Union University is holding an entrepreneurship summit on June 24-25 just for you! Check out the flyer below and sign up here.

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  • RPS Direct Update - June 21, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, My apologies for coming to you later than usual tonight – we just wrapped up John Marshall's graduation ceremony at The Diamond! That was our third one of the day: this morning was Huguenot HS and this afternoon was Open HS. All three were all absolutely fantastic (see below for some pix of our valedictorians). Big shout out to Principal Gilstrap, Principal Carleton, Principal Murray, and our Chief Schools Officer, Harry Hughes, for planning and executing beautiful ceremonies! And, of course, congratulations to our amazing, pandemic-defying graduates.

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